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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:27 pm 
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Just thought I'd share something I've been mucking about with recently. Previously I have made chick caves to use as a surrogate hen when brooding them, heated initially but able to be turned off once they realise where the warmth is.

These are the previous incarnations, fixed covers and a frame made from mesh or a small hanging basket, and not overly durable waterproofing on top.

This was the first (used with a heat adjustable heat mat):
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Second version for a friend:
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Mini version for only a few chicks, unheated:
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New washable version:
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The cover is a tarp I have rather messily cut and sewed into shape, with elastic and ties holding it in place. Insulating that underneath is an old camp mat that I have cut and glued roughly to shape:

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Under that is a cheap 35.5cm hanging basket from Bunnings, with a bit cut out as an entrance. Zip-tied on it is a 15w Reptile One Heat Cable.

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The lining, which provides most of the warmth directly for the chicks is just strips of old t-shirt, and rather that it being sewn by hand directly onto the frame like other versions, this one has lots of little ties that can be undone.

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It's still very roughly made but I was making it up as I went along. I've never tried the heat cable before, but I've got the cave running and so far there is no sign of overheating. It should hopefully provide enough warmth for them that it won't take long before the heat isn't needed at all. With previous versions they realised quickly where to go to get warm and their own body heat provided a lot of it once they were under.

Not that I even have a use for it at the moment, I've got broody hens out the wazoo!

Anyway, just thought I'd share (anything to avoid doing the jobs I'm supposed to be doing at the moment, lol). :clnava


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:50 pm 
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That is really cool. Very creative and inventive!!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:18 pm 
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hahahaha Love it!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:31 pm 
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Very creative , going to try one for my next brooder box. I have just made a hanging herb basket for chook run by using two hanging wir baskets as u used for cave one with herb pot in it and one cable tied upside down on top , herbs grow out through holes and chookens can peck at them but not scratch out ! Hope it was ok to share idea on your thread !! Love ur new improved cave , very cleaver idea !


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